Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Goat Cheese

Virginia Willis is a French-trained chef and well-loved authority on Southern cooking. Her new book Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome arrived in my mailbox a few weeks back. I’ve enjoyed cooking from it very much.

Bacon-Wilted Greens from @winnieab//www.healthygreenkitchen.com

In this beautifully photographed book, Virginia shares “lighter” versions of her favorite Southern recipes. Whole foods ingredients-and vegetables in particular-are featured prominently, and balance and moderation (yay!) are discussed throughout. Nutritional information is provided for all of the recipes.

I chose to make Virginia’s Bacon-Wilted Greens because 1. I am always looking for new ways to serve greens 2. I was intrigued by the baked apple with goat cheese garnish. I really loved this dish and will definitely be making it again! I used local Savoy spinach instead of the kale Virginia calls for: next time I’ll give the kale a try because the spinach cooked down quite a bit and made fewer servings than the recipe in the book states.

Bacon-Wilted Greens from @winnieab//www.healthygreenkitchen.com

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Jasmine Rice Bowl with Pan-Fried Tofu and Peanut-Red Curry Sauce

I make rice bowls all the time, so I was excited when the folks from Della Rice asked me if I’d like to be part of their campaign to showcase “Stirs” (aka rice bowl creations). I easily decided on the recipe to share here on my blog: a Jasmine Rice Bowl with Pan-fried Tofu. It’s long been one of my favorite vegetarian meals, and I think you’re going to love it, too.

Jasmine Rice Bowl with Tofu from @winnieab|www.healthygreenkitchen.com //#CreateAStir

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